Van Lochem saves considerable costs by adapting 3D printing
Van Lochem is a family-owned company founded in 1969, specialized in full maintenance, renovations and transformations. Because of their open mind and because they are continuously striving to innovate by using the latest technology, they are always able to deliver that which was promised.
As an ambitious, forward-looking and enterprising market player, Van Lochem always stays up-to-date with the latest cutting edge technology. For example, it was one of the first companies to use drones many years ago.
“The total design time can take 5-10 times longer than the actual turnaround time when outsourcing.”
Challenge and solution
Considerable cost savings
Working on the renovation of several houses from the late 1930s they came across broken mounting clips that were no longer in production. In most cases this would mean the entire casing would have to be replaced. However, using a Tractus3D printer, Van Lochem Nederland was able to create 3D drawings of the clips and then have them printed, resulting in considerable cost savings.
3D printing as the new solution
Managing Director Jack van Lochem explains, “It is almost impossible to imagine all of the applications beforehand. We will continue to roll out 3D printing in our company and will certainly be putting into use in a wide range of cases in the future.”
3D printing provides an edge to the competition, as it is easy to implement innovative products at a quicker pace.
The prototyping process is now incredibly swift when compared with the traditional approach, which required several intermediate steps.
Prototyping is incredibly fast, allowing for trial and error.
Because prototyping does not have to be outsourced, they are able to cut costs drastically.
Every innovative design is kept in-house, so there is no need to worry about confidentiality any longer.